Matthew Fisher-Turner murder trial hears brother was ‘afraid of getting caught’
Matthew Fisher-Turner was allegedly murdered by his father at their Parmelia home. (Facebook: Matthew Fisher-Turner)
A 28-year-old Perth man sobbed uncontrollably as he detailed to police how his brother was fatally stabbed by their father, who then told him to bury the body in the backyard before leaving to watch the AFL grand final.
In October 2016, Joshua Fisher-Turner was being interviewed by detectives investigating the murder of his 23-year-old brother Matthew, whose body was found in a hole in the yard four weeks after he was last seen alive.
Mr Fisher-Turner and his 21-year-old sister Hannah are on trial in the WA Supreme Court, accused of trying to cover up the killing. Their 67-year-old father Ernest Fisher is accused of murder.
In the recorded interview played to the court today, Joshua Fisher-Turner initially maintained he had last seen Matthew on the day of the AFL grand final when his brother packed a bag and told him he was going on holidays.
However, about an hour an into the interview — and after detectives put to him what evidence they had in the case — Mr Fisher-Turner broke down, describing his brother as an “arsehole to everyone” and claiming he physically abused him, his father and his two younger sisters.
Crying uncontrollably, Mr Fisher-Turner said on the day of the stabbing he was in his room when Matthew, who was angry, came in and asked him something.
Joshua Fisher-Turner admitted burying his brother Matthew in the family’s backyard. (Facebook: Joshua Fisher-Turner)
He said their father then came around the corner with two knives, but he ran from the room to look after his sisters before his father walked out into the dining room, looking “tired and dishevelled”.
“I walked past into my room. He [Matthew] wasn’t moving,” he said.
Mr Fisher-Turner said he asked his father what to do, and he replied “bury him in the back” before leaving to go to a friend’s house to watch the grand final.
“I put him in the hole. It’s done,” he said.
Brother feared family getting ‘torn apart’
When questioned why he had buried the body, Mr Fisher-Turner said because he was “a coward” and he was “afraid of the police and getting caught and going to jail”.
“I thought this was safer … to hide him,” he said.
“I didn’t want the family to get torn apart.”
He told detectives he used a ladder to carry the body outside and put in the hole he had dug before filling it in.
He then cleaned up his room using “hundreds” of paper towels and bleach, and said he also removed and cut up some carpet and washed his clothes, which were “covered in blood”.
At times in the interview, Mr Fisher-Turner described himself as “a weak coward” and “f***ing useless”, saying he could not stand up to Matthew, who he claimed had once “strangled” their teenage sister.
Mr Fisher-Turner wiped away tears as he sat in the dock watching the interview being played to the court.
The trial continues.